The Paul Greengrass film about Norway’s terrorist attacks to premiere at Venice

The Venice Film Festival has started unveiling its programme for 2018, and among the films selected to screen is the film Norway from British director Paul Greengrass.

Norway depicts the Norwegian terrorist attack that occurred in 2011 on the island of Utøya, where 69 people were murdered. The film is basing itself on the novel One of Us by Åsne Seierstad. Filming took place in Vestfold and Oslo in Norway, as well as Siglufjörður in Iceland. As it is an American production, it’s assumed to be in English. The Norwegian title of the film is One of Us, which is interesting considering the Norwegians protested against this movie being made, with a campaign getting over 20,000 signatures requesting the film not be made.

This is not the first (or the last) film about the Norwegian terrorist attacks; earlier this year Norwegian director Erik Poppe released a Norwegian-language version of the film, U-July 22, that was heavily based on stories from the survivors. The film did receive praise in Norway. and Poppe travelled around the country giving Q&A’s with screenings.

The Norwegian public service broadcaster NRK is currently planning a six-part television series about the terrorist attack. The series is written by Sara Johnsen (Upperdog) and directed by Pål Sletaune.  With a budget of 70 million NOK (Around 9 million USD), the series has high expectations as it follows the people who were affected by the attack.

We’ll keep you posted about new details for the Paul Greengrass film.

The Venice Film Festival runs from the 29th of August until the 8th of September 2018 in Venice, Italy.

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Emma Vestrheim

Emma Vestrheim is the editor-in-chief of Cinema Scandinavia. Originally from Australia, she is now based in Bergen, Norway, and attends major Nordic film festivals to conduct interviews and review new films.